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Feb. 27, 2020
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat experience?

Anyone have experience with the Miken Ultra Fusion 14" Mike Dill Balance?
Dec. 8, 2019
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Scorebooks

I am having trouble getting my favorite Scorebook, "16 Batting Positions Score-right Baseball/Softball Scoring Book."

I tried all of the usual places - Big 5, Dicks, Amazon, etc. - without success. I'm thinking the publisher may have stopped printing it. Does anyone know where I can get a few of these books. If not what book do you recommend?

503 314 3967

Dec. 3, 2019
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Opinions on being called out of the batters box - Continued

I'm not sure why but I had to start a new discussion because I couldn't add a comment to the original post.

Tim - seldom do games in the older brackets combine for 30+ runs. My team came in 2nd place in Phoenix playing 7 games and the average runs scored was less than 25. There were two 1-run games and one 3-run games. Every run counts.

One of our players was called out of the box twice. He is an All Tournament player and it could be argued that these outs were the difference between 1st or 2nd place. In addition place hitting is more important, at least in the older division, and more players try to hit the opposite field (including me) and hitting to the opposite side often requires stepping forward to hit an above-the-waist pitch.

Baseball and fast pitch batters seldom stride as they swing (except slap hitters) while many or most senior players stride. In fact New Yorkers, like me, learned to hit softballs in Central Park using the "New York 3-step" approach and there also is the "Chicago 4-step."

My opinion: we may have made a mistake when we introduced the mat and did not change the batter's box at that time. Without the mat the midpoint of the plate is the midpoint of the batter's box. The box would have to be moved (or enlarged)about 6+ inches to have it centered.

I watched a professional slowpitch tournament a year ago and wondered why the batters never swung at a bad pitch? Then I realized that they never faced that dastardly two-strike pitch that hits the front of our mat!

Oct. 30, 2019
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Red meat for umpire types

Dave, consider adding this "When all else fails" rule. I was playing 1st base in a local rec game when the batter hit a grounder to the 3rd baseman who threw the ball to me on multiple bounces (we were playing 80s after all). His throw was a bit off-line on the home base side. I moved toward the ball, straddled the 1st base line, and reached down for the ball. It hit my glove with a slap at the exact moment that the batter-runner hit my glove and dislodged the ball. The batter-runner, the ball, and I met on the spot between the two 1st base bags and about a foot toward home plate.

After the usual animated discussion with the volunteer umpire, the runner, the 1st baseman, and both managers, someone pointed out that there were two attorneys - one on each side - and they would adjudicate the issue with calm and objectivity. Ten minutes later as the animation turned into a full length movie, a wise older gentleman suggested that we adopt the "Flip" rule - heads or tails. Everyone agreed and the movie ended. We intend to add the "Flip" rule to our non-existent rec league rules.

Oct. 5, 2019
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Scheduling games back to back

Tim, I agree with Bob S. I would be surprised if you could find an older-age team/manager who doesn't prefer back-to-back, particularly if the two games are the only games for the day.

The older guys stay in the hot sun for about three hours with back-to-back games and almost five hours with a game in-between. Now if SSUSA supplied air-conditioned rooms at the fields ….

Mike Sisavic

PS Great job posting the results on the website. You're the best!

June 4, 2019
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno 70's Major results

How about 80s also?
April 21, 2019
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Practice fields near BLD?

We're looking for a place to hit near the BLD complex, other than the on-site cages. Any ideas?
April 18, 2019
Topic: Tournaments

Batting Practice near Big League Dreams. Any one know of a place to have batting practice near BLD?
April 17, 2019
Topic: Tournaments

Dave. My 80 AAA team is scheduled to play on Field TBA. I've been to BLD often but don't remember any field called TBA (where is the smiley emoji when I need it?). Seriously, what is your best guess when we will get times and fields? Also we've had only 8:00 am starts in the last three tournaments and sure would like some variety. Mike Sisavic with Git-R-Done 80s.
Dec. 23, 2018
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy runner


Please clarify this statement/rule.

"A courtesy runner may enter the game only prior to the first pitch to any batter."

A specific situation: a batter safely gets to 1st base. I had assumed that the player can have a CR only before the next batter in the lineup. But the wording seems to state that the batter who gets a single can then get to second (or third) and then get a CR as long as the CR enters the game prior to the first pitch to the second (or third) batter.

Dec. 23, 2018
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement vs. Stem Cell Therapy

I had a TKR 2 months ago and have been practicing softball for a couple of weeks. I can hit, throw, and field (with limited range), and jog to first base (in pain). I expect to play in Palm Springs in late January. I'm 80.

A friend tried stem cells on both knees and after no improvement after about 8 months decided to do double TKRs three weeks ago. He's 77.

Another friend had both knees replaced 3 years ago and played tournament ball in 3 months. He is now 86.

Another friend had her knee replaced and felt she was not 100% for about a year. She won't tell me her age.

(You might want to see my previous posts that has some details of my recovery.)

Dec. 4, 2018
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee Replacement Question

Recovery update. It is now about six weeks after my knee replacement. I practiced softball for the first time today. I had little to no pain in throwing the ball or swing a bat. I could not run without pain or even slowly jog. I can easily handle ground balls hit directly to me of course but had no range in either direction without big-time pain.

I still have significant pain above the kneecap when I try to lift my leg as such as going up a step. There is lots of pain behind the knee when I try to squat or bend my knee Beyond about a hundred Ten Degrees.

I started some hot tub or spa therapy yesterday. It was a very comforting but I don't know if it has changed anything.
Nov. 30, 2018
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee Replacement Question

Had a full replacement done Oct 20 (5.5 weeks ago). I had pain on the medial side only and the surgeon went in hoping for a partial but did a full because of problems under my knee cap.

I went to PT a month before surgery (highly recommended) to strengthen quads, etc. and began post-surgery PT one week after surgery. My PT guy told me he had never seen a knee with such good Range of Motion (ROM was over 100 degrees) immediately after surgery. I go to PT twice a week and do my exercises 2 or 3 other times a week - and it's very hard painful work.

My PT guy, who I have known for years, continues to tell me how great I'm doing. I'm not satisfied and he tells me that my expectations are too high.

I flew to Phoenix with my team 3 weeks after surgery. I am the manager and coached 3rd base only (except for a couple of swings during batting practice when my wife wasn't looking). I even "played" in the family touch-football game on Thanksgiving morning. I told all that this was a NO-TOUCH game for me but still caught a 1-yard pass allowing me to brag.

Today: I can walk freely, drive a car, and do most other day-to-day activities. My pain level was and still is very high and drugs haven't helped. The knee gets stiff quickly - if I sit with bended knee, it hurts to straighten it and if I stand or sit with a straight knee, it hurts to bend it. I'm close to being able to go up and down stairs with both legs but it still huts just above the knee cap. I can get into and out of my car but I need to squirm and it still hurts.

I told my PT guy that I wanted to play in Palm Springs in late January. He shook his head "no-way" but has begun to test my jogging ability while holding onto my arm. Bottom Line: the pain is still very high and I doubt that I'll play in PS and the idea of "Full-Speed" is no longer in my vocabulary; I turn 80 in February.


Oct. 29, 2018
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee Replacement Recovery?

What was your experience recovering from Full Knee Replacement - short term? I had mine replaced one week ago and my pain level is higher than I expected. I've taken lots of meds OxyContin, Tylenol, Aleve, and aspirin as prescribed by my MDs but I can't seem to "get ahead of the pain." My personal Nurse thinks my expectations are too high and I should be feeling pain for another couple weeks. Your experience?

On a midterm basis, when were you able to bat, hit, run/trot to 1st base without pain?

Assuming I'll never get to 100% pre-surgery, how long did it take to get to your optimum recovery.

I'm 80 years old and will start formal PT tomorrow.

Oct. 13, 2018
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter World Championships (Phoenix) TENTATIVE Field Assignments

Just curious. Why are the Tentative Field Assignments for the Florida Winters always posted much earlier (August 27th this year) while the Phoenix Winters fields are posted much later (estimated to be Oct 23rd this year)?

Dec. 23, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A Senior Softball Christmas Wish

Here is a wish from a famous old Astoria kid.

"May your injuries be minor, your health problems be short, your knees make it one more year, and your mind works without embarrassment. Also, may your batted balls hit the 5-6 or 3-4 holes and every grounder and fly ball makes a loud 'smack' as it hits your glove! And finally may your bench be merry and filled with harmony."

Merry Christmas to you and yours and may your 2018 be happy and filled with RBIs.

Mike Sisavic

May 23, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arm Extension Key to creating a Powerful Bathead Snap SwingMakeover #55

Tips for the rest of us.
Bogie - how about some tips for the never-power hitters? The singles place-hitters trying valiantly to move our average from .550 to .600.

(I believe you know your stuff, but I've played softball for about 70 years and don't understand much of what you write. For example,

"extension of the arms" - mine are 26 inches and I don't know how to make them longer.

"top arm" - I only have a left and a right and don't know which is on top.

"cutting oversnap" - I have no idea what an oversnap is, much less how to cut it.

"Powerful Bathead Swing Makeover" - I don't know what this means but I sure wish I had one to makeover!")

Okay, I poked a little fun and hope I made you laugh. But seriously, any tiny tip - like where to stand in the batters box to hit to left/middle/right, or what is the best pitch to hit to the opposite field - would be helpful.


March 31, 2017
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

New "You make the call"

Championship Game: Runners on 1st and 2nd, two out, bottom of 7th, and home team down by one run. Routine grounder to SS who over throws 3B. Ball bounces past the 3rd baseman, hits the dugout fence and rolls behind the catcher as the runner going to 3rd trots home with the tying run. A couple of home team players are outside the tiny dugout that sits only 7 or 8 players. The ball does not hit any player and the players do not hinder the catcher, pitcher or 3rd baseman.

UMPIRE RULING: Home team players are outside the dugout. All baserunners go back to the bases they had when the ball was overthrown leaving bases loaded and two outs.

Next batter hit a one-hoper to the pitcher. The team in the field is the Champions.


Jan. 6, 2017
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New age eligibilty rules for 75s and 80s - Reactions?

Dave .... For the sake of discussion it seems to me that the following scenario has a non-zero probability.

Assume that a manager recruits a brandy new 2018 80s team populated with three players turning 78 and four turning 79 in 2018. He enters the team in the Phoenix tournament in November 2017. And further assume that the National Rules Committee votes in favor of returning to the pure age group for the 80s for 2018 (at the SSUSA Convention in December 2017). It sounds like the said manager will need to cut the seven then-underaged players and start recruiting again.

I know this scenario sounds theoretical and depends on assumptions, but it appears to be truly possible. I know of a prominent manager who is currently recruiting for a new 80s team for 2018. I would not want to be that manager who would have to tell the younger recruits to join the team for the November tournament with the possibility of being cut in December.

Clarity, personal or organizational, would be appreciated.

Jan. 5, 2017
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New age eligibilty rules for 75s and 80s - Reactions?

Dave Dowell. Please clarify your last post. It appears that SSUSA will/may change back to 80s as a "pure age group" for 2018.

What would you advise a manger who wants to put together an 80s team for 2018 with 78s and 79s for Phoenix in November 2017 when the 2018 roster rules might/will be changed back to a pure age group at the convention in December 2017?

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